March 14, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University first-year men's basketball coach Craig Robinson, who led Brown to wins in four of its last six games, has been named the Ivy League men's basketball Coach of the Year by Basketball U.
Robinson guided the Bears to an improved 11-18 mark, 6-8 in the Ivy League, finishing fifth in the league. He led the Bears to a stunning 51-41 victory over Providence College, limiting the Friars to 14 second half points and 18 percent shooting from the floor in the second half (4 of 22). His Brown team also limited Michigan State to 45 points, its lowest point total of the season.
Robinson led Brown to its second ever season sweep over Princeton, including a win over his alma mater in Princeton, Brown's third-ever win at the Tigers home court. His team allowed just 33 points in a 53-33 win over Dartmouth, the fewest number of points scored at the Pizzitola Sports Center and the fewest points allowed by a Brown team since Dartmouth scored 29 points in Marvel Gymnasium during the 1979-1980 season.
Robinson also helped develop first team All-Ivy junior guard Mark McAndrew, who led the Ivy League in scoring with 18.6 points per game after scoring just 1.2 points per game as a sophomore.
Robinson took over the coaching reins at Brown following a six-year stint as an assistant coach at Northwestern. A 1983 graduate of Princeton and native of Chicago, Robinson is considered one of the top players in Ivy League history, twice being honored as the Ivy League's Player of the Year. A 4th-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983, Robinson enjoyed a successful career in business in the Chicago area prior to getting into coaching.